WALNUT CREEK

Civic Arts Education's artists' market coming up

One-of-a-kind professional quality gifts will be available at Civic Arts Education's artists' markets, taking place the weekend of Nov. 30-Dec. 2.

The markets will be held at two Walnut Creek locations all three days -- at the Civic Arts Shadelands Campus, 111 N. Wiget Lane, and at Civic Park, 1313 Civic Dr. An opening reception at both locations takes place on Nov. 30 with refreshments and entertainment.

At Civic Park in the Pottery Studio, functional and display ceramics, including sculptures, dinnerware, Stoneware, raku, salt and pit fired items, will be available. At the Shadelands Campus, paintings, photography, glass, gourds, jewelry, textiles and more will be displayed. Shadelands also features a special shopping area for kids who get to decorate their own wrapping, and a special cookie decorating session takes place Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m. at the Shadelands site.

Hours are 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at Shadelands (10 to 5 p.m. at Civic Park on Sunday).

The market is sponsored by Civic Arts Education and by the Clay Arts Guild, For more information, call 925-943-5846 or go to www.arts-ed.org or www.clayartsguild.com

As 'Captured' exits, 'Broadway' will follow

As one Bedford Gallery exhibit, "Captured," is set to end its run Nov. 18, a new exhibit will follow on its heels.

"Broadway Revealed: Behind the Theater Curtain," scheduled to run Dec. 6-Feb. 17, promises to bring the breadth, ambition, and showmanship of New York's iconic theater district to the gallery with a behind-the-scenes look at world-class theater production via artist Stephen Joseph's photographs of some of Broadway's most critically acclaimed productions.

The performance images will be bolstered by photos of theatrical props, costumes, and other artifacts.

The exhibit is designed to showcase the complex support network of design, lighting, directing, and staging that come together to create the magic world of the theater.

The artists of "Captured" have been committed to exploring the unfamiliar and unknown creatures and environments that share our world. That exhibit demonstrates the complex dialogue between the arts, scientific exploration and organic, found materials is being expressed in a contemporary context.

The gallery, in the Lesher Center for the Arts, is open from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, and from 6 to 8 p.m. on dates of evening performances at the Lesher.

Walnut Creek author releases Western novel nationwide

Robert C. Nuzum of Walnut Creek recently released his first novel, "Old Spanish Trail Treasure," a tale of revenge centered on the killings of a man's father and business partners, with Death Valley and the Mojave Desert as backdrops.

Nuzum has a strong love for the desert and Death Valley, the setting of "Old Spanish Trail Treasure." He has authored or co-authored 20 technical publications on various aspects of natural resource management, including two nonfiction books on fishing and reservoir ecology, before undertaking this, his first novel.

"Old Spanish Trail Treasure" is his first novel.

Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, the book is available through bookstores nationwide, from the publisher at www.tatepublishing.com/bookstore, or by visiting barnesandnoble.com or amazon.com.

Civic Arts Youth Theatre to present 'Sleeping Beauty'

Walnut Creek Civic Arts Theatre will present "Sleeping Beauty" Dec. 6, 7 and 10 at 7 p.m. each evening at the Shadelands Auditorium, 111 N. Wiget Lane, Walnut Creek.

This classic fairy tale told Disney-style features a large chorus, from King Stefan and Queen Stefanie's Loyal Subjects to Maleficent's slimy goons, giving members of Kids Theatre plenty of fun characters to portray.

Songs from the beloved film, including "Once Upon a Dream," accompany fun new songs like "Maleficent!" and "A Little Magic Now" to bring a fresh telling of the story to a new generation of kids and families.

Tickets are $10 and are available at the door. For tickets or information, caIl 925-943-5846.